We know that veterinarians and the public are looking for
answers regarding Ebola virus, and we are pleased to provide
information, as it becomes available, on this site and through
links to other sites.
Globally, the 2014 Ebola virus outbreak is the largest in
history. While the outbreak is primarily affecting countries in
West Africa, the United States is now affected with the first case
reported in Dallas. A health care worker in Dallas was the second
case and she owned a dog, a King Charles Spaniel named Bentley.
This scenario underscores the importance of One Health, the inextricable
link between animal, human, and environmental health. The
inseparable nature of human and animal health demands that the
Ebola Virus outbreak be approached holistically.
Accordingly, a number of local, state, and federal groups,
tapping into extensive expertise, are collaborating to develop
information for veterinarians and the pet-owning public and to
provide immediate recommendations for the handling and monitoring
of pets exposed to the Ebola virus. These groups include, but are
not limited to, Texas A&M University and its College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Emergency Operations
Center (EOC), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS),
the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the American Veterinary
Medical Association (AVMA), The Governor’s Texas Task Force on
Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response, local authorities in
Dallas, animal control, and others.
Pets and Ebola
- There have been no reports of dogs becoming sick with Ebola or
of playing a role in transmission of the Ebola virus to humans,
despite being present in Ebola outbreaks.
- Dogs develop antibodies to the Ebola virus, confirming their
exposure to the virus.
The Dog in Dallas
- The health care worker in Dallas, who tested positive for Ebola
virus, owns a dog - a King Charles Spaniel named Bentley.
- This is the first Ebola exposed dog in the United States.
- It is of utmost importance to protect the public and to provide
humane care for the dog while it is monitored.
- Guidelines for housing and monitoring the dog have been
developed by tapping into the extensive expertise available in
local, state, and federal groups.
- Bentley tested negative for the Ebola virus and
has been reunited with his owner, Nina Pham
General Comments from the College of Veterinary Medicine &
- This is the first Ebola exposed dog in the US.
- We are concerned about people and animals. This is a timely
example of One Health,
which is the inextricable link between animal, human, and
environmental health - One Health, One Medicine, One World, One
- We know that people are concerned about their animals; in fact,
they will put themselves at risk for their animals. It is critical
in preparing for and dealing with Ebola virus that animals and
people are considered.
- We actively support the Governor’s
Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and
Response, led by Dr. Brett Giroir, CEO of Texas A&M
University Health Science Center. The Task Force has already
emphasized the need to work with the College of Veterinary Medicine
& Biomedical Sciences on this important topic.
- People should not be reluctant to report early signs of Ebola
in order to protect their pets. They should feel secure that they
will not be putting their pets at risk by self-reporting.
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